Originally Posted by steddyeddy
Ivan was definitely from an Orange Order background. .
Ivan Cooper had a Unionist heritage and turned his back on it to actively support a peaceful stance against bigotry and sectarianism. He was a noble person, one of a rare breed in the North.
He was a valued civil rights activist who tried to resolve the inequity by political means and drew inspiration from people like Martin Luther King. He knew that the killings by the British army coupled with the blind arrogance and ignorance of British politicians and judiciary (Widgery) would provide a recruiting platform for the IRA & its splinter groups. And some people did join, in gullible or frustrated herds, lured and fooled by the rhetoric of fossils from a different age. Their twisted logic and attempted self-justification was again recently heard at the funeral of McKee. Unlike them, history will be kind to Cooper, a decent man.